This year ‘Stir Up Sunday’ is 24th November 2019. Thought to start in Victorian times, this is traditionally the day Christmas Pudding is made.
Here are 4 things you may not know about ‘Stir Up’ traditions.
1. Traditionally the pudding stirred by each member of the family (while making a wish), from East to West, to remember the Wise Men that visited Jesus in the Nativity Story.
2. The reason for garnishing your pud with holly is to represent the crown of thorns (Note: Holly berries are highly poisonous, so we highly recommend using fake foliage).
3. Christmas pudding would traditionally contain 13 ingredients to represent Jesus and his disciples.
4. Tradition has it that lucky charms are added to the pud. A silver coin for wealth, a wishbone for luck, a thimble for thrift, a ring for marriage, and an anchor for safe harbour. (Note: We wouldn’t recommend this for fear of choking and the potential to damage your teeth, but it’s nice to know what the old traditions were).
There are lots of wonderful (and weird) Christmas pudding recipes out there but if you want a traditional, simple recipe, try this one out BBC Christmas Pudding
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